Lathe Fluting Jig

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Project by doubleDD posted 09-03-2020 01:50 PM 1532 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to start making flutes and such on my turnings and after a little research this is what I came up to fit my needs. A big thanks to LJ Jim Jakosh for answering questions and for a couple cool ideas. Like the lexan top, you can make it out of wood but a clear top helps to see whats going on.
Its 15’’ x 15’’ x 15’’ cube. Four slots cut on the sides to hold the top straight or on any angle up to 40 degrees left or right. I can router out up to a 13 1/2’’ flute. A router bushing fits in the lexan top slot to guide it along. The t-track lets the t-bolts slide easily to whatever adjustment you need. I made 4 wooden knobs that will tighten the top to the sides with the t-bolts. It bolts down to the rails in the lathe just like a tool rest. I also added a stop for smaller cuts.

I’ll add a few more pics below to give you a better idea how it was built.
Any questions or comments are welcomed.
I added a few more process shots below.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 09-03-2020 01:57 PM

So extreme!....But realy cool! Obviously you’ve done the job.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-03-2020 02:05 PM

Start off making a 3 sided box to any size that will fits your needs.

Cut 4 slots, 2 on each side to guide the top.

I framed in the lexan to give it sturdiness so it won’t flex wit the router on it. I used 1/4’’ lexan.

A guide on the bottom to keep slide it in the lathe rails.

A stop when needed for shorter cuts.

The top lexan piece is held together with 4 screws in the wood frame. I also have the idea of changing the design in the lexan and interchanging the top to make different designs later. Should be interesting.
Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 09-03-2020 02:58 PM

Nice build Dave but how so you deal with the dust collection? Also, I would be interested in how you built your indexing mechanism.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 09-03-2020 02:58 PM

I can see a whole new group of items coming out of Illinois – great concept and execution

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 09-03-2020 04:08 PM

Great design and build, Dave. You will love using it, too. I like the T track ides for adjustability for the angle. All you need is a Wixie box to find the angle on the piece and set your top plate to it and you are ready to follow the angle..

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 09-03-2020 04:46 PM

Very clever design Dave. I can’t wait to see all the new things you can produce with your new jig! It’s nice to have good people with good ideas to help you like Jim Jakosh and others in your research. Oh and I love seeing those extra photos you added in here. Great work as always!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 09-03-2020 05:03 PM

Absolutely love this. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 09-03-2020 05:39 PM

from the minds of great lj’s come great ideas and inventions.thats why i love this place if you dont know just ask and someone is there to help.nice work dave and jim.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 09-03-2020 05:50 PM

I’m not sure what it has to do with flutes, and I’m getting pretty dizzy just thinking about it, Dave. ;-)

But it’s very nice work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 09-03-2020 06:38 PM

Looks like a super handy jig to have, provided you have the lathe too.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 09-03-2020 10:56 PM

Nicely done Dave, shall be a very handy jig to have.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#12 posted 09-03-2020 11:52 PM

Great work Dave.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#13 posted 09-04-2020 12:28 AM

Thanks Ivan.

Hi Lee. I’m working on setting a removable panel on the end that will accept a 4’’ hose from the collector.That should take care of most of the dust but I’m in early stages of that.
The indexing system works great. Jim Jakosk posted his a few years ago and made it out of metal. I pretty much did the same only out of wood. He had a jig that you attached to the back of the lathe so you can take the 24 pick ups and turn it into 72. Check these out and see if it helps any.

Thanks Dick. I almost have one project finished and another one on the lathe now. It’s a cool jig.

Jim thanks. Another good idea of yours using the wixey to find the needed angle. I’ll use that idea on my next turning. Thanks for the help.You are the jig master. I’m still throwing around a coupe ideas to add on but for now I’m going to play with it.

Thanks Tony. I’ll be posting a few things soon. Every time I go near it I think of another idea to add on. It’s going to keep me busy for awhile. Just when you think you have everything figured out someone like Jim can add a few more.LOL.

Thanks for the favorite hoss12992 . If you have any questions let me know.

Thanks pottz. After asking Jim a question he showed me the one he made and things just added up from there. Nothing like having the best help around when you’re trying to do something.

Hi Dave, good one. Maybe if you put your ear close enough when making a flute you can actually hear it. LOL.

Thanks Brian. As others have mentioned before on this site, buying the lathe is the cheapest part of having one. After that things can really add up.

Thanks Bob. It’s going to be fun learning new things with it.

Thanks Cliff.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 09-04-2020 03:09 AM

I don’t have a nice lathe like yours to be able to use a setup like this but sure like it Dave .
Nice idea and a groovy jig that you will use a lot .
Way back when I worked at a stair shop we did a lot of grooving in stair baluster with a router mounted on the tool holder .


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 09-04-2020 05:48 AM

Wow, that’s quite elaborate Dave. Looks very well made. Nice job on your first cutting with it. I’ll add it to my favourites but I’m afraid the list of things to do is getting too long.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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